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Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 117–120 | Cite as

Decolourisation of effluent from the textile industry by a microbial consortium

  • Poonam Nigam
  • Geoff Mc Mullan
  • Ibrahim M. Banat
  • Roger Marchant
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Summary

A microbial consortium, PDW, was isolated capable of the rapid decolourisation of commercially important textile dyes under anaerobic conditions. Decolourisation was dependent upon the presence of a carbon and energy source in addition to the textile dyes. PDW was capable of dye decolourisation when utilising cheap and readily available carbon sources such lactose, starch and distillery waste. PDW removed 76% of colour from textile plant effluent after 3 days.

Keywords

Colour Starch Organic Chemistry Carbon Source Textile Plant 
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© Chapman & Hall 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Poonam Nigam
    • 1
  • Geoff Mc Mullan
    • 1
  • Ibrahim M. Banat
    • 1
  • Roger Marchant
    • 1
  1. 1.Biotechnology Research GroupSchool of Applied Biological and Chemical Sciences, University of UlsterColeraineUSA

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